Xiaofei Tian is Professor of Chinese Literature. Her major research field is the literature and cultural history of early medieval China, but her research and teaching interests as well as publications extend to late imperial, modern, and contemporary Chinese literature and culture. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Harvard in 1998. After teaching at Colgate University for a year, she was appointed as Assistant Professor of Premodern Chinese Literature at Cornell University in 1999. In 2000, she left her tenure- track position at Cornell to become Preceptor in Chinese at the Department of EALC, where she developed a series of ‘content courses’ in Chinese. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and full professor in 2006.
Tian is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books in English and Chinese. Her most recent English publications are Beacon Fire and Shooting Star: The Literary Culture of the Liang (502-557) (Harvard-Yenching, 2007), Visionary Journeys: Travel Writings from Early Medieval and Nineteenth-century China (Harvard-Yenching, 2011), and the translation of a late nineteenth-century memoir, The World of a Tiny Insect: A Memoir of the Taiping Rebellion and Its Aftermath, with notes and a critical introduction (University of Washington, 2014). She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature (1000 BCE-900 CE) and A New Literary History of Modern China. She served as Chair of Regional Studies East Asia from 2009 to 2011. She was a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow in 2012-2013.
From the Fairbank Blog:
Exhibiting the Cultural Revolution, Part 2: The Visual Spectacle of “Dazibao”
As part of the Fairbank Center’s exhibition of dazibao (大字报 “big-character posters”) and woodcuts from 1960s China, we present a four-part series on Cultural Revolution-era artworks. Xiaofei Tian, Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard University, presents part 2: an exploration of the imagery and visual dynamism of dazibao.
Tian X. "The Emperor's New Music," Lapham's Quarterly. 2017;X (4) :203-207.
"Representing Kingship and Imagining Empire in Southern Dynasties Court Poetry," T'oung Pao. 2016;102.1 (3) :18-73.
"Remaking History: The Shu and Wu Perspectives in the Three Kingdoms Period," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 2016;136 (4) :705-731
"New Songs of the Jade Terrace and the Historicist Interpretation of Medieval Chinese Literature," Huadong shifan daxue xuebao. 2016;(2)
"Fan Writing: Lu Ji, Lu Yun and the Cultural Transactions between North and South," In: Southern Identity and Southern Estrangement in Medieval Chinese Poetry. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press ; 2015. pp. 43-78.
"Material and Symbolic Economies: Letters and Gifts in Early Medieval China," In: A History of Chinese Letters and Epistolary Culture. Leiden: Brill ; 2015. pp. 135-186
"Slashing Three Kingdoms: A Case Study in Fan Production on the Chinese Web," Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. 2015;27 (1) :224-277
"影子與水文: 關於前後赤壁賦與兩幅赤壁圖," In: 翰墨薈萃: 細讀美國藏中國五代宋元書畫珍品. Beijing: Beijing University Press ; 2012. pp. 296-311.
"The Making of a Hero: Lei Feng and Some Issues of Historiography," In: The People's Republic of China at 60: An International Assessment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Asia Center ; 2011. pp. 283-95.